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18 October 2017ART STUDENTS FOLLOW IN BANKSY'S FOOTSTEPS
Years 11, 12 and 13 Art and Photography students from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently ventured beyond the classroom to visit Bristol for a day of modern and street art.
During the day they went to The MShed, which featured many styles of artwork from multiple time periods and from the roof terrace there were panoramic views of Bristol's cloudy, but stunning harbourside; from where they took a short walk to the Arnolfini Art Gallery. Described as “The most popular art exhibition ever!” they visited Grayson Perry’s thought-provoking exhibition. Perry’s artwork is highly opinionated, abstract and potentially controversial, themed around politics and social problems of the UK, not least contemporary issues of concern to a wide British audience, such as Brexit and...
18 October 2017SEA CADET KATHERINE AWARDED SPECIAL HONOUR BY HM LORD LIEUTENANT
Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball had a very prestigious evening engagement last Tuesday (10 October 2017) when he attended the HM Lord Lieutenant’s Annual Awards service in the equally prestigious Bishop’s Palace in Wells.
Mr Ball was proud to be in the audience to watch Year 12 student Katherine Sousa (16) who might have given up her school uniform now that she is in the Kings’ Sixth Form; but she was in her best cadet uniform to receive her award as the 2017 Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for the Sea Cadets. Katherine was thrilled to be nominated for the award and following a selection process she was chosen from the final two cadets and was part of the quartet representing Somerset for the Sea, Air, Land and CCF Forces. This is a very high level award with only one cadet from...
18 October 2017STUDENTS PLAY STOCKS AND SHARES IN SCHOOL
On Wednesday 11 October 2017, 30 Year 9 students were selected to take part in a stocks and shares game with Dr Ted Graham from the University of Plymouth.
We used real time data from familiar companies including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and next from the London Stock exchange market to play a game in which we bought and sold shares. The game consisted of ten companies and a budget of £1000. At the beginning of the game we were given graphs showing the stock market history of the company and we had to spend all our budget investing in companies we thought would do well.
Every week we had to plot an amount on the graph and we could choose whether we wanted to stick with the investments we had, or make any changes. The aim of the game was to end the 22 weeks with the most...
17 October 2017STUDENTS FIND MATHS IS RELEPHANT OUT ON SAFARI
Year 9 Mathematicians from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently demonstrated their maths skills out in the field when they visited Longleat Safari Park.
During the visit, students participated in a number of activities that enabled them to apply skills learned in the classroom to real life situations; including converting between different units of measurement, speed/ distance/time calculations and estimation and were tasked to answer a range of questions with a focus on animals and outdoors to test their thinking and problem-solving abilities, including:
The boat travels a distance of 0.75 miles at a speed of 4.5 mph. How long is the boat trip going to take?
Each sea lion eats approximately 3.5kg of mackerel a day. If an average mackerel weighs 1lb, approximately how...
13 October 2017RADIO COMPETITION WIN FOR KINGS' P.E. DEPARTMENT
This week, Teacher of P.E. Miss Manley showed her students and fellow staff that it is always worth trying when she won £1,500 of gym equipment for Kings.
Driving to school each day, Miss Manley listens to local radio station Heart FM and on Tuesday she heard about the phone-in general knowledge quiz competition with the tempting prize money and decided to have a go. To the delight of her tutor group who heard Miss Manley take the call from Heart at morning registration, she was invited to participate in her quiz début and the following morning she was on air.
On Wednesday morning, Miss Manley tested her knowledge in the best of three questions (which also happened to be Day Two of on Ofsted inspection for her day job) and won the tie breaker question, taking her to the...